Drug charges dismissed against Antigua and Barbuda football officials

Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, assistant coach and Danny Benjamin, equipment co-ordinator, both of the Antigua and Barbuda Football team, walked free of drug charges in Jamaica today after all the allegations were dismissed.

This occurred after the prosecutors indicated that they did not have sufficient evidence to prove the men’s guilt.

This was confirmed by one of Edwards’s relatives who traveled to Jamaica for the case which stems from a March 26 bust at the Norman Manley Airport as the football officials and players were being processed for departure.

Two weeks ago Benjamin wept openly in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court because the trial which was to commenced then, was adjourned to today, June 14.

It was the third adjournment since being charged.

The 48 year old was jointly charged with Edwards, 49, with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja and conspiracy after 3.6 pounds of ganja was reportedly found in one of the bags that also contained items for several players.

Benjamin and Edwards have been denying the allegations from the onset and other football officials and supporters said it was obvious the drugs belonged to someone else on the team and that that person had already returned to Antigua.

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